Given how outspoken Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe and guitarist Mark Morton have been about political and social issues, it’s no surprise the band’s bassist, John Campbell, holds similar views. It’s not unheard of for bandmates to have wildly differing views — as System of a Down and Bad Wolves have proven recently — but we’re certainly relieved to learn Campbell is on the right side of history, picking some choice words to describe Donald Trump and the current state of the U.S. in a new interview.
Speaking to Holland’s FaceCulture, Campbell offered bluntly on the current state of America:
“We’re fucked. The national leadership is a murderous sociopath. And it’s, I think, glaringly obvious, when you know that there’s a deadly virus going around, yet you have rallies where you bring people together in a closed area.
“The reason that we [did] these online performances [Lamb of God’s livestreams last month] is because it would be irresponsible to gather people like that. So we’re trying to push forward as best we can, whereas the president of the fucking country is killing people; he’s murdering people.”
Asked if he thinks the upcoming presidential election will matter, Campbell replied:
“I don’t know. I remember back when George Bush was elected a second time. That’s when I realized that the bad guys sometimes win important things. And then I remember, shortly before Trump was elected, talking to my parents, and they were, like, ‘There’s no way he’s getting elected. Don’t worry.’ And I was, like, ‘Ehhh. I kind of remember this from before. He could win.’ And he did.
“Regardless of the outcome of the election, leading up to it, I think it’s just gonna get more and more chaotic; there’s gonna be more violence stoked by the president. If he loses, he will [contest] the election and try and tie it up in court. He may try to incite his followers to violence to keep him in office somehow. I really have no idea what’s gonna happen. It’s crazy times we’re living in, and people are very aggravated and divided.”
The election is now exactly one week away, which is crazy to think about. VOTE! Especially if you live in a swing state. This is not the time to sit on the sidelines and decry the corruption of both major political parties (which is obviously an issue); we need the current Fascist in Chief OUT of office at all costs. Many of you in places where there are other important races on the ballot, too, for Senate, House and local offices. VOTE VOTE VOTE!